Since 1966 surfers have been chasing the idea of an Endless Summer. With the world’s best surf spots just a plane ride away here are our top picks to escape the winter blues for a surf holiday full of sun, surf and endless stoke!
- Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
‘Europe’s Hawaii’ A firm favourite of ours, Fuerteventura has absolutely everything you could want from a winter surf getaway: sun, surf and a laid-back surf culture. With over 300 days of sunshine a year you would have to be extremely unlucky to have more than one or two days of rain during your stay. The North Atlantic swell creates waves all around the island breaking over some of the most consistent reefs in Europe as well as offering plenty of beginner-friendly sandy beach breaks as well. Only 4 – 5 hours away from most major European cities, and to top it all off, the water is a balmy 19 degrees.
Much like Fuerteventura, Morocco is much more at home listed amongst surf destinations like Indo, Hawaii or even the Maldives than it is next to its European cousins like France and Spain, and maybe even Portugal. That is to say that short of getting a long-haul flight to the other side of the world, you aren’t going to do a lot better for surf than the likes of Anchor Point, Killer Point, Safi, Boilers, Imsouane (The Bay) and Essaouira (not to mention the plethora of beginner-friendly beaches). Put that all together with the 18 °C water temperature and enough extracurricular activities to keep all the non-surfers in your party happy, and you might just have the perfect winter surf getaway!
There’s no better way of escaping winter then just jumping right back into summer but not just any summer, an Australian summer. Ditch your hood, boots, gloves and your wetsuit and head out to the east coast where you’ll be met by 28(degree) days, 24(degree) water and more beaches than you can count, all hit by the nicest ‘cyclone season’ you will ever experience!
There’s never a bad time to visit Bali, especially for a surf trip. Constant warm water and world-class waves, affordable and diverse food and the perfect scenery for that all-important Instagram photo! Although October through until April is the wet season in Bali, the change in wind direction during these months causes the right-handers of the island’s east side to light up, giving this time of year the affectionate term ‘The Going-Off Season’. With the water still around 27(degrees) and the crowds of the summer long gone, the going-off season might just be the perfect time to book your next Bali trip!
When you think of the Galapagos chances are you don’t immediately think ‘Surf Trip’, which is exactly why this collection of small islands has made our list. Sitting 600 nautical miles off the coast of Ecuador, the main hub of surfing in the Galapagos islands is the island of San Cristobal. The island of San Cristobal is only 251(sq Miles) but home to more than 20 stunning surf breaks, ranging from the easy walls of Cannon to the right and left-handed freight trains of Carolo and Tongo Reef that can each run for 200m!
Being right on the Equator, the Galapagos islands are treated to 300 days of perfect hot and sunny weather, the temperature never ranges much out of 24-35 Degrees, and even during the rainy season (February – April), you can expect you can expect a couple of downpours throughout the night but not every day. From November right through until March the islands are hit by the same NW swell that hits Hawaii (around 6 days and a few feet later) all in some of the most richly diverse marine environments in the world, are sure to make for a truly unforgettable surf trip!